TURKISH STUDY LOOKS AT ANKLE INJURIES
Basketbell Players Face High Risk
Researchers at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, are studying the "Effect of Athletic Taping and Kinesio Taping on Functional Performance in Chronic Inversion Ankle Sprain in Basketball Players." Professor Gul Baltaci, PT., Ph.D., CKTI is working with a team to document and measure the different results for players using Kinesio Tape and traditional rigid athletic tape in treating ankle sprains.
The researchers have worked with 20 male basketball players between 18 and 22 years of age, from whom 15 players met the requirements to participate. These participants were assessed with four different levels of taping: athletic tape, Kinesio Tape, a sham taping, and no tape at all.
So far the study indicates that athletic taping impaired participants' performance on some of the functional performance tests. Unlike the athletic taping method, Kinesio Taping did not cause any decrease on functional performance. Positive influences were seen in some of the functional performance tests. The Hacettepe researchers have noted that "Future researches which focus on functional performance should test taping methods with different performance tests."
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Ankle Sprains in Basketball Kinesio Tape Vs Traditional rigid athletic tape in treating ankle sprians
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Interferential current (IFC) is a common electrotherapeutic modality used to treat pain. Although IFC is widely used, the available information regarding its clinical efficacy is debatable.
The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to analyze the available information regarding the efficacy of IFC in the management of musculoskeletal pain.
Randomized controlled trials were obtained through a computerized search of bibliographic databases (ie, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, MEDLINE, PEDro, Scopus, and Web of Science) from 1950 to February 8, 2010.
Two independent reviewers screened the abstracts found in the databases. Methodological quality was assessed using a compilation of items included in different scales related to rehabilitation research. The mean difference, with 95% confidence interval, was used to quantify the pooled effect. A chi-square test for heterogeneity was performed.
A total of 2,235 articles were found. Twenty studies fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Seven articles assessed the use of IFC on joint pain; 9 articles evaluated the use of IFC on muscle pain; 3 articles evaluated its use on soft tissue shoulder pain; and 1 article examined its use on postoperative pain. Three of the 20 studies were considered to be of high methodological quality, 14 studies were considered to be of moderate methodological quality, and 3 studies were considered to be of poor methodological quality. Fourteen studies were included in the meta-analysis.
Interferential current as a supplement to another intervention seems to be more effective for reducing pain than a control treatment at discharge and more effective than a placebo treatment at the 3-month follow-up. However, it is unknown whether the analgesic effect of IFC is superior to that of the concomitant interventions. Interferential current alone was not significantly better than placebo or other therapy at discharge or follow-up. Results must be considered with caution due to the low number of studies that used IFC alone. In addition, the heterogeneity across studies and methodological limitations prevent conclusive statements regarding analgesic efficacy.
Monday, December 20, 2010
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